Infant formula products are said to have been sold out in many places in Hong Kong on Thursday as mainlanders took advantage of China’s long Labor Day holiday to make shopping and smuggling trips across the border.
The Hong Kong Economic Times cited sources from local drugstores as saying that new stocks of baby formula would only become available again next week.
The problems with smugglers who take parallel-market goods from dealers outside the Sheung Shui MTR station, then cross the border into Shenzhen and give their goods to dealers waiting on the other side, are still serious. Smugglers now have a price list detailing their charges for carrying different types of goods into the mainland. It has also been observed that children were increasingly being deployed as cross-border smugglers.
Some Hong Kong legislators have called on the government to stop issuing multiple-visit travel visas to mainlanders, and to limit the number of visits to Hong Kong each year, the report noted.
Government statistics revealed that 12.15 million mainland tourists visited Hong Kong last year. Of them, 1.5 million were said to have held multiple-visit visas. Lawmaker Michael Tien has urged the government to stop issuing multiple-visit visas and to limit the number of visits per year to 20.
Meanwhile, there were only a few reports of mainlanders or their children relieving themselves in public on Thursday, signaling the failure of a campaign in the mainland that has called for parents to “bring their children to pee in Hong Kong“ during the Labor Day holiday.
In other developments, around 50 members of a local activist group dressed up in Red Guards costume staged a protest on Canton Road on Thursday, calling for mainland travelers to stick to mainland-produced goods, the report said.
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